Items from the 2017 proposed city budget.

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December 2, 2016
tax-cuts

Thought I point out some items from the 2017 proposed city budget. First, the city overspend the 2016 budget by $ 1.6 million, which means we are about 2.2% in the hole for the 2017 budget. Second, the salary and benefit increase across the 2017 city budget is about $1.5 million..another 2% in the hole. […]


New rule ‘undermines transparency’ of council

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December 1, 2016
cloak-of-secrecy

Cambridge Times Regarding Times’ Nov. 22 editorial (titled “Was it the right decision?”)about the pros and cons of Cambridge council’s new procedural bylaw, which bans council members from attending closed-door committee meetings to which they’re not appointed. Clearly this was a wrong decision. In the end, it was passed by a slight 5-4 vote majority; […]


Low voter turnout to blame for ‘poor quality of public officials’?

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December 1, 2016
casting-your-ballot

Cambridge Times Re: Letter to the Editor titled “Time to drain council swamp”, published Nov. 29. I couldn’t agree more with everything Mr. Thomas Vann said. As a resident of Cambridge for the past 41 years, I  watch as a once-efficient council under the leadership of the illustrious late Claudette Millar, with committed council members […]


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Torn apart and brought together

6
November 30, 2016
multiplex-e

Cambridge Times The location of the city’s planned recreation multiplex is a divisive issue. There are a lot of varying opinions about where this facility – the city’s largest-ever community infrastructure project – should be built. At the originally proposed Conestoga College site? On one of the Pinebush Road properties discussed? Riverside Park? Though a […]


Time to drain council swamp of legacy members

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November 29, 2016
pinnochio

  Liar, liar, pants on fire…stop telling lies or your nose will grow. We can no longer afford all these lies. This is a democracy. The Mayor and Councilors were elected to do a job. Our “leaders” really aren’t leaders as much as public servants. They work for us. They are our employees. And we need […]


THE TIME IS UPON US (MARK YOUR CALENDARS) Task Force Meeting December 12TH @ 7pm

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November 27, 2016
your-vote-is-your-voice-1

Nov 27, 2016 — Good morning to all of you. This has been a long road having started this petition over 1 year ago. Since then we as a group gave Cambridge City council pause for thought. They created the Multiplex site evaluation and assessment Taskforce in June 2016. the task force has spent almost 6 […]


CHAOS IN CAMBRIDGE.. Thanx to Jowlett, Keifer and Craig ( YOUR regional Councillors.

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November 25, 2016
traffic-congestion

Karl Keifer Email: Kkiefer@regionofwaterloo.ca Twitter:@karlkiefer52 Phone (office): 519-575-4404 x3408 ************************ Helen Jowlett Email: hjowett@regionofwaterloo.ca Twitter: @HelenJowett2014 Phone: 519-575-4404 x3406 ****************************** Doug Craig Email: dcraig@regionofwaterloo.ca Twitter: @MayorDougCraig Phone (Regional office): 519-575-4404 x3404 ***************************** Have you tried driving in Cambridge lately ?     I’m not against road repairs, or water mains being repaired ( or simply […]


Gary Price ex council member allowed on the Budget Committee, meanwhile Jan Leggitt denied………………..

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November 25, 2016
the chosen

Jan Leggitt an elected Council Member for ward 4, denied access to closed door meetings.. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2697817229/ and yet…Gary Price ( a legendary past member of Craig’s ol boys club) is allowed on the Budget Committee.(???) Is this why he didn’t challenge the Election Results.. ? **************************** Residents ask Cambridge budget committee to keep Soper pool […]


Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots

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November 24, 2016
casting-your-ballot

Excerpts from a post regarding the US election..   (read closely Cambridge). Reached by email, Halderman pointed us to a statement he’d written at Medium. It’s a lengthy examination of how vote-tallying systems have been rigged or manipulated in the past, Alex Halderman Professor of Computer Science, University of Michigan   What’s to stop an attack […]


Call for Cambridge to “Do the right thing”

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November 23, 2016
do-the-right-thing

Waterloo Region Record Tears and yelling mark Cambridge vote — Nov. 17 Congratulations to Cambridge councillors Shannon Adshade, Mike Devine, Nicholas Ermeta and Jan Liggett for voting against Frank Monteiro’s motion to bar council members from attending closed-door meetings for committees they are not appointed to. You had the common sense to realize that if […]


Cambridge considers code of conduct for the public

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November 22, 2016
team-bully

Waterloo Region Record ByAnam Latif CAMBRIDGE — Council is looking to adopt a new code of conduct, but this time it’s for the public. A decision was deferred last week to get input from Cambridge residents and craft a better policy. “They feel as if they are being treated like children,” Coun. Jan Liggett said […]


Cambridge council’s action is ‘unacceptable’… please sign and share the petition

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November 21, 2016
mayor-craig-graphic

  Cambridge Times Nov. 15 saw our city council pass a motion which prohibits councillors from attending closed session meetings of committees to which they have not been appointed (councillors Mann, Monteiro, Reid, Wolf and Mayor Craig voted in favour and councillors Adshade, Devine, Ermeta and Liggett voted against). Is this not contrary to what […]


CAMBRIDGE.. this is your Mayor reprimanding a ” Concerned Senior Citizen of Cambridge”

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November 20, 2016
be thekind of leader

Editors note.. below is concerning a comment made at a recent Council Meeting..  To: Doug & Council: I heard your comment re why the Student wondered why Cambridge hates them. I hope you were man enough, honest enough to let him know that all this conflict is YOUR FAULT – as it was you who […]


D’Amato: Infighting over the multiplex is not doing Cambridge any favours

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November 19, 2016

Waterloo Region Record ByLuisa D’Amato SEE MOREarticles from this author Oh, Cambridge. You break our hearts, every time. With your lovely rivers and graceful church spires, with your beautiful Riverside Park where turtles glide underwater, fireflies gleam and frogs croak against the rush of traffic on Highway 401, you are the most beautiful city around. […]


Cambridge council motion may not be legal, democracy watchdog says

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November 19, 2016
cambridge-city-hall-cbc

‘I really think this is a huge overreaction:’ Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch By Kate Bueckert, Jackie Sharkey, CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2016 3:35 PM ETLast Updated: Nov 18, 2016 3:35 PM ET A move by Cambridge city council to prohibit councillors from attending in-camera committee meetings if the councillor doesn’t sit on that committee […]


Now this is how I want my Elected Official to act…

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November 18, 2016
jan-liggett

Council Woman Jan Liggett has finally spoke about what is going on at our City Hall.. and you can bet your last dollar, THE MINIONS are going to make her life even HARDER.. Rumours have been rampant at how badly Doug Craig and his posy have been treating Jan…ever since she WAS ELECTED to represent […]


Craig and Monteiro took their ball and went home…

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November 16, 2016
superman-cape

  …then out of anger, they came back and changed the rules. Now isn’t that childish! Craig is happier if residents stay naive and SILENT!…then he can do what he wants with no questions asked. Obscuring transparency and silencing dissent Did Council violate its own bylaws in changing its bylaws? A first step to reviving […]


This is what happens when you don’t play by Doug Craig’s rules…

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November 16, 2016
kicked out

Cambridge councillor’s closed-door presence comes to an end   Cambridge Times ByRichard Vivian CAMBRIDGE- A proposal to amend council’s procedural bylaw set off a virtual firestorm of “bad faith” and mistrust allegations, along with counter claims and alternative explanations on Tuesday (Nov. 15) evening. The motion, brought forward by Coun. Frank Monteiro and approved 5-4, […]


Monterio needs to step down.. He was a questionable Cop and an even worse City Councillor..

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November 16, 2016
frankmonteirophoto_web

Monterio has to go.. from his bully tactics regarding the Multiplex and the lies he continued to spew..( IT’S A DONE DEAL) to now not allowing an ELECTED WARD COUNCILLOR  from sitting in on an issue as big as this multiplex!! What are you afraid she might hear Frank?.. is she being alienated because She […]


Cambridge Council is trying to pull a fast one.. PLEASE ATTEND!!

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November 15, 2016
council_chambers_2014_web___content

Tomorrow Nov 15 is a very important day in Cambridge. it is a day when democracy and good governance will be attacked. A motion before council will ask for all Councillors not appointed to a committee be excluded from closed door meetings of that committee. even as an observed. this means that there will be […]


Cambridge Council trying to shut out Elected Councillors!!!! ( Craig’s lynch mob at work?

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November 13, 2016
lynch-mobs

Invitation to Council Meeting on Tuesday November 15, 2016. Message from Jan Liggett: As most of you know I have been attending the Sportsplex meetings since they began. I believe that any I have not attended, it is because I was away. I have made a point of also attending those held in closed doors. […]


CAMBRIDGE, WHY ARE YOU ACCEPTING A 2 YEAR ROAD CLOSURE?!!…..

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November 11, 2016
road-closure

CAMBRIDGE.. THEY ARE CLOSING FOUNTAIN STREET FOR 2 YEARS TO REPLACE A BRIDGE. Why in heavens name are residents accepting this?  They replaced the bridge on Speedsville Road in approx 11 months…and now want 2 years on a highly traveled roadway.. and not to mention the construction on King Street in Preston.. is the construction […]


HOW MANY OF WATERLOO REGION’S “BIG SHOTS” ARE POLLUTERS ? SHANLEY ST. KITCHENER

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November 10, 2016
water-pollution

The headline above came to me as I read the glowing report of the family who owned the Electrohome building on Shanley St. in Kitchener. Apparently the Pollock family of Electrohome fame also were involved with CKCO-TV and in founding the University of Waterloo. Carl Pollock was the first member of the Waterloo Region Entrepreneur […]


Cuts to city worker wages, benefits an ‘obvious’ solution

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November 7, 2016
taxpayer-squeeze

  One just has to compare the campaign donations with council approvals to notice who really  benefits … and it’s not the tax paying residents of the city. Just look at whose salary increases are “being reviewed” around voting time (firefighters???)…then we can see why the same old just keeps on happening. It’s time for change! […]


Get serious about Elmira cleanup

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October 28, 2016

Waterloo Region Record If a single word could sum up Ontario’s failure to protect its environment that word would be Elmira. Almost exactly 27 years ago, the town became the epicentre of one of the worst environmental crises in provincial history. After NDMA, a cancer-causing chemical from the local Uniroyal factory, contaminated the local groundwater, […]


THERE ARE A THOUSAND MORE “I told you so ” COMING

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October 22, 2016

THANK YOU ALAN MARSHALL!!!!.. you have not given up on the people of Elmira.. you have been fighting the good fight for so long, I personally never thought I would see this day.. CONGRATULATIONS.. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.. *** Mark Bauman is at least temporarily back on side.   He’s doing what he always […]


Cambridge mayor can be ex-officio member

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October 20, 2016
true-power

When the rules don’t fit the game, change the rules… Cambridge Times By Ray Martin CAMBRIDGE   – Following a heated discussion before the TV cameras Tuesday (Oct. 18) night, Cambridge council updated its bylaw that determines what committee meetings the mayor can or cannot attend. The need to update the bylaw came to light when […]


NEW PRICE $ 349,000.00 … LEGAL NON-CONFORMING TRIPLEX…23 HOPETON STREET

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October 3, 2016
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*** 24 HOUR NOTICE PLEASE FOR ALL SHOWINGS ***.. THIS LEGAL NON-CONFORMING TRIPLEX HAS HAD EXTENSIVE WORK DONE. FOR A COMPLETE LIST PLEASE SEE LISTING AGENT.. PROPERTY STILL REQUIRES WORK, BUT IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO RESIDE AND COLLECT RENT FROM THE OTHER 2 UNITS. LOWER 2 BEDROOM APT.  IS OWNER OCCUPIED.. 1 BEDROOM APT. […]


Council’s den of snakes put their interests ahead of voters: Ranked balloting gets shot down before it even had a chance.

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October 2, 2016
elections-canada

THIS RAN IN THE TORONTO STAR.. OCT.2,2015 PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE POST


Mayor’s ‘need to control everyone and everything’ a problem

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September 30, 2016
control-freak-but

Cambridge Times In regards to the recent article “Committee conundrum” (published Sept. 22), I’m no political scientist so I can’t confidently comment on the proposed procedural change and it’s long-term implications to municipal politics. However, I do have a problem with Mayor Doug Craig. When I directed council to disband the then-sitting multiplex task force, […]


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